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Crayola Kids

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Wonderful site with lots of rainy-day fun!

What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Craft projects recommend Crayola products, of course!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's something for the whole family at this site, from the youngest scribblers to the most skilled designers. One problem with a site this large is that it tries to do too many things at the same time. It's a little too easy to get off the kid's area and into the parents' and educators' sections. That's not a problem, content-wise, but kids will definitely like their area best. Crayola also owns the domain CrayolaKids.com -- they might think about spinning that site off on its own.

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What's it about?

According to the Crayola site, every year U.S. kids spend 6.3 million hours coloring. Crayola wants to encourage kids to spend even more time in this offline activity. Their website gives families lots of ideas and opportunities to spend time together both online and offline. It includes a large searchable database of projects, lesson plans for educators, and engaging games for everyone.

Is it any good?

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Some of the games might be a little tricky for the youngest players. For example, in "Rainbow, the Spouting Trout," one child might be assigned to select the correct color while another is tasked with aiming the fish's spout. But the whole family will enjoy playing with the "Fireworks Spectacular" tool. Select from a palette of fireworks and arrange them on an event timeline. Then start the show and watch your pyrotechnic choreography light up the sky.

Most of the games allow players to print the resulting images, so they can be colored (with Crayola crayons, of course!). There's also a huge ditty bag of craft ideas, with clear directions, plus suggested books and videos to go along with each project. We do miss the detailed tour of How a Crayon Is Made that used to be on the site. There's a stripped-down version, but it serves mostly as a teaser to attract visitors to the Crayola Factory destination in Easton, Pa.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which games and activities kids like best and why.

  • Which is more fun: coloring online or coloring on paper?

  • Do you like filling in coloring books or drawing your own pictures from scratch? What are you favorite crayon colors?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Arts: drawing, painting
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
Creativity: imagination, innovation, making new creations
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old March 1, 2014

Inappropriate for kids Age 2 And Under.

1-2 year olds can't go on Crayola Kids because it's got Too much violence, Too much swearing and Too much drinking/drugs/smoking. Please let kids who ages are 1-2 cover their eyes because it's Inappropriate for kids 1-2.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old September 20, 2010

perfect for all ages

I like this website beause it gives my child education and hand eye coordination
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Educational value
Kid, 11 years old July 11, 2009
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Too much consumerism
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